Perceptions of the level of difficulty of technical communication skills, level of proficiency of language are areas, and level of importance of technical communication courses were studied. Three samples completed the questionnaire: United States graduate students, international graduate students, and faculty members in the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics.

The results indicate that student groups have similar perceptions of their technical communication skills and needs. Basically, student groups perceive they are skilled in technical communication and language areas but, perceive that enrollment in technical communication courses would help develop more competencies in these areas. Faculty members perceive that both groups of students are not skilled in technical communication and language arts areas. Specific results for the various target groups are reported and discussed in this article.



communication, international graduate students

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